The Army Should Evaluate the Need for Previously Planned Military Facilities

PLRD-82-91: Published: Jun 24, 1982. Publicly Released: Jun 24, 1982.

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As part of the Army's fiscal year (FY) 1982 military construction program, Congress approved eight construction projects, valued at $14.1 million, to support the joint deployment of the Stand-Off Target Acquisition System (SOTAS) and the Quick Fix Weapon System. In November 1981, Congress terminated funds for further development and procurement of SOTAS hardware.

With the termination of the SOTAS program, valid requirements may no longer exist for some of the SOTAS and Quick Fix facilities. If the facilities as originally approved do not satisfy valid requirements of sufficient priority, then cancellation, redesign, or future modification projects may be necessary. Also, any determination of the need for the facilities should be consistent with the Department of Defense (DOD) construction criteria for ensuring that the most cost-effective approach for obtaining new facilities has been chosen.

Recommendation for Executive Action

  1. Status: Closed - Not Implemented

    Comments: DOD has reviewed the requirements and has determined that the facilities will reduce the existing shortfall in Europe, as well as support the Quick Fix system.

    Recommendation: The Secretary of the Army should determine and substantiate whether valid requirements exist for the SOTAS and Quick Fix facilities before awarding construction contracts or proceeding with further construction. If valid requirements of sufficient priority do not exist, the Secretary should cancel or redesign each project, as necessary, in accordance with DOD construction criteria.

    Agency Affected: Department of Defense: Department of the Army


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